Looking at the year ahead, I thought I’d make plans for another attempt to tackle some of the gaming backlog. I failed entirely last year at making a dent in those titles I’d planned to play, although I did attempt a few that I gave up on.
The games I did manage to complete in 2016 were:
- Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
- Walking Dead S1 & S2 (S1 on XBox One and S2 on PS4)
- Life is Strange (PS4)
- Wolf Among Us (Xbox One)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4)
- Alan Wake (Xbox One – X360 Backwards Compatibility)
- Doom (PS4)
I’m pleased I managed to even finish this many, considering my penchant for games tourism, and that I spent most of 2016 playing Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3 and a couple of months of WoW: Legion. (Blizzard can you hear me?)
For 2017 I’m planning a slightly different approach. I’ve chosen 9 games I intend to play through the year from my collection (or recent releases I’ll be pick up when I’m ready to play), and a further 3 that may get released during 2017 which I expect to demand my attention. As ever the goal for the list is to help me decide what to play next, instead of doing the usual “stare blankly at my steam library for an hour then give up and go to bed”.
Here’s the front 9:
- Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
I’m about 18% through this already, like with the second game I’ll just keep playing till I decide I’m finished. (Who has time for 100% on an open world game?)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4 or PC)
One I haven’t bought yet, but will pick it up on sale when I’m ready to play. I loved the last game, but heard the Xbox One version of Rise has some issues, so will pick up the more recent PS4 or PC port.
- Riven (with a possible play-through of realMYST first) (PC)
Has been on the backlog for 100 years or so, I really want to get back into this world.
- Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
I originally had Starcraft 2 on this list with the intention of finally finishing the campaign I started in 2013. However I went back to it this week and discovered I was 4/5 of the way through. I knuckled down and finished it, and while my enthusiasm is up I’m gonna try to play this first expansion. (Have already bought the other expansion so might as well crack on!)
- Telltale Batman (PS4)
I’ve made a small start on this, enjoying it so far. I’ve kind of gone a little cold on the Telltale model lately so I’m hoping this drags me back in.
- Murdered Soul Suspect (Xbox One)
This one originally passed me by, but I’ve since heard good things that have made me want to play, so I’m gonna give it a go. It helps that it was free on Xbox Games with Gold.
- Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)
Another one I haven’t bought yet, I’m planning on playing it co-op with my buddy (Hi Ross!) when we’ve played through 1 or 2 of the Halo games on the Master Chief Collection first.
- Banjo Tooie (Xbox One/N64 – Rare Replay)
One from the backlog. I will go back and see this through, dammit.
- Spec Ops: The Line (PC)
Another I’m intrigued about through listening to other people. Seems really interesting for a shooter and it’s about time I played some of these bargains I’ve acquired on Steam.
Games I’ll buy and play if they actually come out this year…
- Life is Strange 2
I adored the first one, hoping the sequel is as good if not better. Also hoping for another great soundtrack.
This looks to be a great spiritual successor to Banjo & Kazooie, but I do think there’s a good chance we won’t see it till 2018…
- Sonic Mania (maybe Project Sonic 2017 as well if it isn’t dire)
I’m all in for Sonic Mania, the trailers look great, I can’t wait. I’m sceptical about Project Sonic, but it sounds like it’s following the Generations model, and that was a decent enough game so fingers crossed!
As well as the games above I expect to still be playing the usual suspects throughout the year:
- Diablo 3
- Healthy dose of shmups
- Whatever multiplayer my friends drag me into
It will be interesting to look back in 12 months and see how my year in gaming turned out, but I’m optimistic I’ll get through at least a few of these. Maybe.